THE parents of baby Dennie Dolan who had his finger bitten off by a fox at their home in Downham have hit out at internet trolls who are blaming them for what happened.
Speaking about the attack on the Daybreak television programme today Hayley Cawley and her partner Paul Dolan said they had been subjected to taunts online.
They told presenters Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones people have been saying they made up the story to protect a family dog.
Talking about the comments about them online Miss Cawley said: “They’ve been terrible, I had a little look last night.
“I did have a little look and then I had to close the page down because I just thought ‘Oh my God’.
“Saying about me having a dog and stuff – I’ve never had a dog in my life.”
And other people accused them of making up the story to get a bigger council house.
But yesterday a spokesman for the Met Police said they were going to take no further action as officers were satisfied there were no criminal offences.
This morning’s television interview came a day after mother-of-three Miss Cawley told papers how she had left five-week-old Dennie propped up on a sofa after his feed and went upstairs to tidy up but came running back downstairs when she heard screaming.
She said the fox had Dennie’s left hand in its jaws and his head was covered in blood and it was running down his cheeks.
The 28-year-old kept hitting the fox until it let go of her son.
Dennie had to undergo a lengthy operation to have his finger reattached and needed stitches to his cheek.
He also needed treatment for injuries to his face and head.
The fox grabbed him after it got in through the front door of the family home in Dagonet Road.
Mr Dolan had left earlier to collect older children Ellouise, nine, and five-year-old Lee from school and had slammed the door shut behind him.
But Ms Cawley believes the latch did not catch properly so the fox was able to get into the house.
The couple now say they could never go back to the property.